Skin Types Explained!

It's a surprisingly confusing subject and no two people are the same. It's also very common for your skin type to change throughout your life so it's handy to know what they mean helping you tailor your regime to your skin type.

Before we start, a big misconception is that your skin type will be different dependent on whether you're a man or woman. Completely untrue. Your skin type isn't decided by your gender.


Those with normal skin types are the lucky ones really! Generally have very few blemishes, and they have small, barely visible pores, and usually a smooth skin texture. Skin feels neither tight or oily.

"Dry Skin"

Those with dry skin usually experience a 'tight' feeling. They have small, practically invisible pores. Dry skin can lead to irritation and flakiness. Dry skin isn't necessarily over the whole face, you may find you're only dry in certain patched across the face.

"Oily Skin"

Oily skin is more common in adolescence but certainly not unheard of in more mature skin. Oily skin tends to have a bit of shine, and often struggle with acne breakouts. AN over production in your sebaceous glands mean oily skin has excessive oil can result in larger pores, and you may find that any makeup applied “slides” off by the end of the day.

"Combination Skin"

The classic combination skin individual will have an oily t-zone and dry/ normal cheeks. Combination skin exhibits the presence of two or more of the aforementioned skin types.

"Sensitive Skin"

The easiest way to determine if you have sensitive skin is to see if it feels tight, red, irritated and sometimes patchy, especially when particular products are applied to the skin. Those with sensitive skin may experience any of the above skin types but with added sensitivity. You may also find your skin is more vulnerable to products with irritating chemicals and fragrances.


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